15 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As one of the most important songwriters of the '60s and '70s, Carole King began her career behind the scenes, penning hits for The Monkees ("Pleasant Valley Sunday," "So Goes Love"), Bobby Vee ("Take Good Care of My Baby"), The Everly Brothers ("Crying in the Rain"), and many others before breaking through the pop market with her own eternal smash, 1971's Tapestry. These demo tapes were the reference tapes for other musicians to learn her songs. Despite being demos, the performances here are inspired and the arrangements quite detailed. Several tunes would land on Tapestry; however, hearing them in their earlier stages illustrates how well thought out and considered these songs are. Tunes like "It's Too Late" and "You've Got a Friend" may sound simple and as natural as breathing, but it took real toil and experience to bring them to fruition. Most rewarding here, however, are King's vocals. She sings these songs to perfection. This version of the album features two bonus cuts: "Every Breath I Take" and "Oh No, Not My Baby."

EDITORS’ NOTES

As one of the most important songwriters of the '60s and '70s, Carole King began her career behind the scenes, penning hits for The Monkees ("Pleasant Valley Sunday," "So Goes Love"), Bobby Vee ("Take Good Care of My Baby"), The Everly Brothers ("Crying in the Rain"), and many others before breaking through the pop market with her own eternal smash, 1971's Tapestry. These demo tapes were the reference tapes for other musicians to learn her songs. Despite being demos, the performances here are inspired and the arrangements quite detailed. Several tunes would land on Tapestry; however, hearing them in their earlier stages illustrates how well thought out and considered these songs are. Tunes like "It's Too Late" and "You've Got a Friend" may sound simple and as natural as breathing, but it took real toil and experience to bring them to fruition. Most rewarding here, however, are King's vocals. She sings these songs to perfection. This version of the album features two bonus cuts: "Every Breath I Take" and "Oh No, Not My Baby."

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About Carole King

Carole King examines the complicated realities of love with a tenderness and swagger rare among her more plaintive ’70s folk-rock peers. In the early ’60s, alongside folks like Neil Diamond and her then-husband Gerry Goffin, King was an endlessly versatile Brill Building songwriter. There, she elevated girl-group anthems like The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” beyond mere bubblegum, tapped into gospel’s volcanic power alongside a young Aretha Franklin, and embraced wistful psychedelia, cowriting the Monkees smash “Pleasant Valley Sunday.” Then declaring her independence with a mix of vulnerable rock and visceral soul, the native New Yorker defined and deepened the singer/songwriter era’s emotional intimacy with albums like her 1971 solo breakthrough, Tapestry. She also wrote the template for transitioning from a behind-the-scenes songwriter into a full-fledged star. Whether pairing her pained explorations of fraying romance with the seductive longing of classic R&B balladry ("It's Too Late") or strutting like a blues singer as she celebrated the life-changing power of lust ("I Feel the Earth Move"), King shaped multiple generations of confessional singers as wildly distinctive as Tori Amos, Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse, and Adele.

HOMETOWN
New York, NY [Brooklyn]
GENRE
Pop
BORN
February 9, 1942

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